Barney Backpedals on Obama Criticism

Olivia Offner
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Posted: Jun 18, 2009 10:53 AM
Congressman Barney Frank backpedaled on his recent criticism of the Obama administration's brief upholding DOMA, which cited cases involving incest (Catalano v. Catalano) and people marrying children (Wilkins v. Zelichowski), saying that the language in the brief wasn't really so bad, actually:
“When I was called by a newspaper reporter for reaction to the administration’s brief defending the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, I made the mistake of relying on other people’s oral descriptions to me of what had been in the brief, rather than reading it first. It is a lesson to me that I should not give in to press insistence that I comment before I have had a chance fully to inform myself on the subject at hand... But after rereading this brief, I do not think that the Obama administration should be subject to harsh criticism in this instance.”
Gay activists, already angry at Obama for his lack of action on issues like gay marriage and Don't Ask, Don't Tell, are now condemning Frank, saying the openly gay congressman threw them under the bus. The full statement from Frank's office is available here. Perhaps Congressman Frank will use his new understanding of the importance of actually reading documents in his role as Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee.